February 02, 2017

Equalization unfair to west, welfare trap for east: Bernier stands up for Western Canada

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder Brian Lilley
 

Western Canadians sick of seeing money flow east even while the people getting the money object to the very industry that makes it, have something to feel good about today. One federal politician, Maxime Bernier, is promising fairness if he becomes Conservative leader and then prime minister.

For decades now, there has been one pipeline that people in Eastern Canada, especially Quebec and every Atlantic province other than Newfoundland, have never objected to and that is the one that carries the money.

I’m talking about the equalization program that sees British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan subsidize bad decisions in Ontario, Quebec and elsewhere.

Maxime Bernier is calling this program what it is - unfair to the west and a welfare trap to the east.

Watch as I look at some facts that show why he’s right and which also explain why some of those provinces who benefit the most, don’t want to see the taps turned off.

Bernier is short on specifics but says he would adjust the formula to be fairer and make it so provinces are incentivized to develop what they have rather than rely on handouts from the feds and other provinces.

This has been a big issue, simmering below the surface for an awful lot of Western Canadians.

We’ve been on this for a while with our CutThemOff.ca campaign. Remember the billboards outside Montreal City Hall asking why Mayor Coderre was happy to let billions of litres of raw waste spill into the St. Lawrence River but protested the Energy East Pipeline claiming a fear of pollution?

One of our proposed billboards even questioned why Coderre was against Energy East but for Saudi oil, from a Sharia country.

And when we polled on this about a year ago, we found that 69% of Saskatchewan residents and 80% of Albertans agreed with cutting off Quebec from equalization if they opposed oil pipelines.

Bernier may not go that far but finally someone is talking about this constant flow of money going west to east even as politicians from the east do what they can to shut down or hamper the industries producing the cash.

The fact that Bernier is a Quebecer standing up for Western Canada is more impressive. He could lose support in his home province for standing up for what is right.

Who knows if he’ll win, but at least he’s got the conversation going.

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commented 2017-02-06 10:44:56 -0500
Leviticus it would help if Mr Trost would get his message out. Pretty lame so far. One way to that is to offend liberal sensibilities. Then they will rocket you to the top of the news. So far all I hear is Kumbayah being sung by the 14 member choir.
commented 2017-02-06 10:44:56 -0500
Leviticus it would help if Mr Trost would get his message out. Pretty lame so far. One way to that is to offend liberal sensibilities. Then they will rocket you to the top of the news. So far all I hear is Kumbayah being sung by the 14 member choir.
commented 2017-02-04 20:36:15 -0500
Brod Trost is the right man for the right job but the big question is how do we get him in there.!!
commented 2017-02-04 15:49:52 -0500
While Maxime Bernier makes several good points about equalization payments and the dairy cartel, one must reserve one’s trust because he is a Quebecer and as several other commenters have pointed out, look what the other prime ministers from that province have done for us in the West (er…done TO us).
In addition, the media revels in pointing out the awkward accents of the Conservative party persons contending for leadership, whose first language is English but valiantly forging ahead in French during their debates, but not once have I heard criticism of Bernier’s thick French-ridden pronunciation of English.
commented 2017-02-04 12:28:52 -0500
Brian Lilley is one of the best journalists on either side of the Canada-US border, in my humble opinion. (Full disclosure: I’m American). He’s also a terrific interviewer who shows self-control and respect, but stays on point. What a rare skill that is in this era of FakeNews and elitist “Journolism”.
commented 2017-02-04 11:40:45 -0500
Best idea would be let Quebec get the hell out of Canada, would solve a lot of problems.
commented 2017-02-04 05:31:24 -0500
I’m of the sake ilk as Lee Horsman and Elton Braun re doubts about another politician from Quebec… I’ll really start listening to Bernier ONLY after he condemns the “hands out” provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for not allowing fracking exploration on their turf… Until then – Non Merci!…. And I appreciate Harley McCarthy’s comments re frustrated Quebecers bailing out… The largest U-Haul depot here on south Vancouver Island is run by two brothers from Levis who grew tired of “Quebec corruption and language B.S.” some seven years ago…
commented 2017-02-03 23:43:48 -0500
Jim Reinhart 13 hr. ago—“Yes the new leader will be fighting the CBC, CTV, Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail.” There is no doubt that O’Leary could fire back at them, and Bernier won’t be pushed around. Lisa Raitt is also tough and Kelly Leitch is getting a lot of fighting experience.
Everything seems to be against the right these days; look at the US,
the right won and the left is blocking everything that they try to do.
commented 2017-02-03 23:16:25 -0500
I do not trust Bernier, he is a Quebec politician. I have been screwed over too many times from Quebec politicians over the decades, and will no longer support any from the east again!
commented 2017-02-03 21:21:31 -0500
Yes, let’s vote into the office of Prime Minister Maxime Bernier, another Quebec Prime Minister. They have done so much for Canada, just look at the shinning, stellar record of the previous ones that we have had. Pierre, Brian, Jean, Paul, Justine and now Maxime. What could go wrong?
commented 2017-02-03 18:12:04 -0500
In any federation it makes sense to have some level of transfer between rich to poor. You do not want Canada to become the EU with the insane destruction of Greece by the Germans.

However any system of equalization must not block the incentive to get richer. The longer a program is in place, the greater the incentive to re-caliber your way of life to adjust to the program rather than getting out of it. This is detrimental to Quebec in the long run.

I am Quebecker by culture and I live in Japan. I can understand Roy Jeanine’s frustration. He forgot to mention Marc Lalonde: a guy so arrogant that Trudeau had to stick in a riding so safe that even a cow would have been elected over there. But let us not forget that multiculturalism, the horrible creation of P. Trudeau, was widely embraced by the English part of Canada while in the 1970s and 80s, it was rejected by most French speaking Quebeckers.

In my view, this is the most deadly creation of Trudeau. To paraphrase Chang Kai Chek, Equalization is a disease of the skin, Multiculturalism is a disease of the heart.
commented 2017-02-03 15:44:24 -0500
ROY JEANINE, have you heard a better argument for respect across our Dominion? Bernier is looking better in my eyes.
commented 2017-02-03 13:46:58 -0500
I am having a real hard time supporting Maxine Bernier because after Pierre trudeau, chretien, malroney, and this horrible human waste trudoop, I swear I would never want another quebecer at the helm of this country. I would love to hear Brad Trost speak more and really push for more airtime, but we don’t see much of him. Shame, he needs to become a viable candidate.
commented 2017-02-03 13:41:36 -0500
Alberta oilsands is ONLY INDUSTRY IN CANADA THAT THE BRAIN DEAD LEFT, MOST NATIVES, ALL BOUGHT-AND-PAID-FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS, UNIONS, MSM, TRUDOPE, NOTLEY, WYNNE-BAG are trying to shut down. If the oilsands were down east, this would be promoted WORLDWIDE. No other industry is being asked to shut down, no other industry.
commented 2017-02-03 13:29:57 -0500
Oh I get it. This is a continuation of the NEP? How can anyone see it just that oil revenues are included but not revenues from hydro PQ gets? Why is oil targeted?
commented 2017-02-03 13:27:50 -0500
Sorry isn’t AB now a have not province under the NDP? Does it still send money east? WTF? So ON and PQ get 75% of the pie but have the vast majority of the population? What?
commented 2017-02-03 13:13:10 -0500
HARLEY MCCARTNEY commented 3 hours ago
This is the first time I have heard a Quebec politician speak like this and he is correct.
10 billion a year and through out my life I have worked with many good french people here in the west.
When I have asked them why work here, The answer was always the same. Quebec labor /work market is corrupt. 10 billion how much is that per person?
commented 2017-02-03 13:09:45 -0500
Maxime Bernier has the CHARACTER to be Leader of CPC, this year, 2017 and Prime Minister of Canada in 2019 🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️
commented 2017-02-03 10:14:48 -0500
I agree with Maurice Potvin and Dave Grohn. Western seperation is really the best. However, that aside I am still in favour of Brad Trost as Conservative party leader.
commented 2017-02-03 10:11:57 -0500
Maxime Bernier showed some chops by telling his own province and the rest of the east to shape up. He’s bi-lingual, presents very well, and has said some very positive things about ending government meddling in the economy. He should express some common sense policies on getting oil to market, cut the stupid carbon tax, and put reasonable limits on immigration with proper vetting. This sounds like a conservative I could vote for. Conservatives must pick a leader with an eye on winning the election; not just on expressing conservative points of view with no hope of winning the election. We must remember Trudeau appeals to the very low information crowd who will vote for him for as little as a selfie picture. As well Conservatives will be fighting the CBC, CTV, the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail etc. That is why this website-the Rebel- becomes so important.
commented 2017-02-03 10:05:28 -0500
He should be able to reduce payments drastically, are we not deep in debt , and its on everybody . I will not vote for anyone who supports Climate Change , Carbon (gas ) Taxes of any kind as well as sloppy and over abundant immigration . Country can’t handle any of these
commented 2017-02-03 10:03:40 -0500
I would kike to see a female contest the next election against the Liberals. His feminist creds would be easier to highlight as mostly talk. I believe Justin is a passive aggressive who tends to become frustrated if not hostile when things go wrong. A candidate like Bernier could do it but the optics of Justin dissing say Lisa Raitt would be more powerful.
commented 2017-02-03 09:56:08 -0500
This is the first time I have heard a Quebec politician speak like this and he is correct.
10 billion a year and through out my life I have worked with many good french people here in the west.
When I have asked them why work here, The answer was always the same. Quebec labor /work market is corrupt. 10 billion how much is that per person?
commented 2017-02-03 08:41:51 -0500
Ontario has subsidized hydro in Quebec for years and always got the short end of the stick when sending surplus hydro to them.And now with crap and trade it will get worse because they think their hydroelectric dam is green.Niagara Falls is green energy that is being wasted for wind and solar at a terrible cost to consumers.Now the Ontario Liberals want you to buy electric cars and plug them in to your home for recharging.Imagine your bill then.
Anonymous what is a few billion when it’s not yours,ask any liberal.
Al you are correct.
commented 2017-02-03 02:00:22 -0500
I live in Manitoba. Those hydro dams don’t pay for shit. We are still poor. Well, at least our electricity bills are not crazy like in Ontario.
commented 2017-02-03 01:19:47 -0500
Lee Horsman well said.
Brian says this might not get him many votes in Quebec. I would suggest he won’t get many votes in any have not province. In other words he doesn’t stand a chance.
commented 2017-02-02 23:04:26 -0500
i would like it better if Alberta took every step necessary to separate from confederation.
commented 2017-02-02 22:46:52 -0500
The irrefutable truth is what you subsidize, you encourage.

If only he would address islamic invasion…..We are subsidizing that was well.
commented 2017-02-02 21:51:43 -0500
Its between 3 or 4 Conservatives with me. If O’Leary takes the prize, the entire Country will pay attention to him. (Including Quebec) After 6 months many of the people may get tired of his entertainment style of campaigning .
Six months attention is no good in a two year race.